At the first academic convocation of the school year, the Division of Humanities announced the winners of the second annual Union College Board of Trustees Writing Awards. The awards were introduced last year to recognize Union students’ writing abilities and encourage further development. “Writing is the foundation for most careers,” explained Michelle Mesnard, chair of the Division of Humanities. “We needed to make it a more important part of the curriculum.”
All scholars take HONS 335, Wealth and Poverty, at the end of their junior year. It involves a three-week trip to Hong Kong, China, and Sabah, Malaysia, giving students first hand experience with the extremes of global development.
Reading between the lines is no problem for the Local Literary Wonders class.
Taught by Chris Blake, the new class offered at Union studied three Midwestern authors and provided students the opportunity to meet them—Kent Hauraf, Mary Pipher and Ted Kooser—in an intimate setting.
Photographs from the Lora McMahon King Heritage Room are now available for searching and viewing in the Union College Heritage Collections database. Material in this collection is related to the history of Union College, the College View community, and the Seventh-day Adventist denomination with a particular emphasis on the Mid-America Union region. The database is open access and available to the public through the World Wide Web.
Each year Chris Blake endeavors to help students in his Conflict and Peacemaking class become active peacemakers through assignments designed to make an impact on Union's campus. This year, the class hopes to expand the reach of their message by helping to organize the annual Lincoln area Peacemaking Workshop XXVI.
The winning poems from the Division of Humanities’ second annual poetry competition are currently on display in the McClelland Art Gallery. The division published the top 20 student and employee submissions in the gallery on Feb. 19 and they will exhibit until March 4.